New film about murdered pro-Solidarity priest

Filming is under way for a biopic about Jerzy Popiełuszko, the popular pro-Solidarity priest who was murdered by Poland's communist secret police in 1984. Agnieszka Holland's To Kill a Priest…

Katyn gains Oscar nomination

Katyń, a personal odyssey for famed Polish director Andrzej Wajda about the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers during World War II, has captured one of the five nominations for an…

Polish Film Institute hands out first of new annual awards

The Polish Film Institute handed out the first of what will become annual awards for professionals involved in various segments of the film industry at a gala ceremony Monday night…

Three Estonian films make domestic Top 10 in 2007

Three domestic films landed in the Estonian cinema box office Top 10 in 2007, making it one of the most successful years for the country's film industry. The three features…

Lithuania boosts film funding by one-third in 2008

The Lithuanian Ministry of Culture is boosting the state film funding budget by one-third in 2008, according to the Lithuanian Film Council. During 2007, the Culture Ministry considered about 100…

Polish Film Institute establishes new awards

The Polish Film Institute has created a series awards for professionals involved in various segments of the film industry. The prizes were presented at a gala tonight organised with the…

Three Polish films short-listed for Oscars

Andrzej Wajda's Katyń, Marcel Łoziński's short film If It Happens and Peter and the Wolf, an animated film directed by Suzy Templeton, are on the official "short list" of films…

Record number of Czech movies for 2008

2008 will be record year for Czech cinematography, with 32 full-length features scheduled for release. That‘s the highest number since the former Czechoslovakia split in 1993 and nearly double the…

FNE ON HOLIDAY UNTIL JAN. 21, 2008. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

With the publications of today's stories, Film New Europe closes out its first seven months of highly successful operations. We have published more than 350 reports about the film and…

HDTV catching on in Central Europe (update)

High-definition television, or HDTV, is beginning to catch on in Central Europe, with Poland the clear leader in embracing the new technology. All of Poland's leading broadcasters are either testing…

Consortium launches animation website

A six-member international consortium including the Estonian CinemaBus team has launched the first comprehensive online animation teaching site for use in schools and by amateurs.

Kajinek movie postponed over producer-director dispute

A big-budget film about convicted murderer Jiří Kajínek has been postponed after producer Petr Jákl canceled a contract with Ivan Fíla, who wrote the script and was also set to…

Polish filmmakers take stand on TV subscription fees

Jacek Bromski was re-elected president of the Association of Polish Filmmakers for a third term at a general meeting of the association on Dec. 15. Bromski has been holding this…

Czech filmgoers reach 11 million this year

Attendance at Czech cinemas rose by 1.5 million in the first 10 months of 2007 to 11 million people who spent 1.054 billion crowns (€40 million), according to the Czech…

Polish doc gains fame abroad (update)

{mosimage}A film about a true Polish adventure story, In Search of a Legend, won the best film award Monday at the SportFilmFestival in Palermo, Sicily. The film, about six young…

EU finds too many commercials on Polish television

The European Commission is calling on Polish broadcasters to cut back on commercial time. Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reports new research shows that some EU members are exceeding the 12-minute-per-hour…

Fourth Gold Roll for Roosters Breakfast (update)

The smash hit Rooster´s Breakfast has surpassed all recent admissions records in Slovenia, having now passed the 100,000 mark since its opening Oct. 18.

New website promotes Lodz as film center

A new Polish website has been launched to promote Łódź as an ideal place for filmmakers. The creators hope the website, called Action!Lodz (, will bring new productions to the…

AOL launches in Poland

AOL Europe has launched in Poland ( offering free email, instant messaging, video, pictures and other services in addition to tailored content, such as film and celebrity news.

Life for a Life project has successful launch

The Polish film A Life for a Life, which tell the stories of courageous Poles who gave their lives to help Jews during World War II, had a successful launch…